|E100-90: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11: The Coming of the Lord - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
To my mind this passage provides a nice example of what Paul was on about in the previous reading, many people get hung up on the picture of Christ descending from heaven, and the possibility of people rising to greet him, and spend their time constructing imaginative and creative theologies and multi-million dollar businesses writing books about "the rapture" claiming that the notion is a "biblical doctrine"...
Keywords: E100; Thessalonians Bible; Bible abuse; rapture; Scripture
|E100-89: 2 Timothy 3:10 - 4:8: Scripture - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This passage, which begins and ends with Paul's suffering, centres on Scripture. It contains the verse which in Evangelical circles is probably the second best known (after John 3:16) Bible reference of all (more rightly it should be two verses, since one cannot understand 2 Tim 3:16 without the purpose declared in 2 Tim 3:17). 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture - is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that those who belong to God may be thoroughly equippe...
Keywords: 1&2 Tim; Titus; E100 Bible; Bible abuse; God breathed; Scripture
|E100-87: 1 Timothy 6:3-21: Censoring the Bible? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Sometimes it is the very people who respect the Bible most who are moost tempted to censor Scripture. This passage is a fine example of how we are tempted to massage Scripture to remove "difficulties" and make it sound more like something our world can understand. Why does our reading begin at v.3? The chapter divisions are sometimes in the wrong place, but is that so here? * Is the topic of 1-2 very different from that of 3-21? * Do these verses connect more strongly with the material in ch.5? ...
Keywords: 1&2 Tim; Titus; E100 Bible; censor; censor the Bible; censorship; Q'ran; Scripture